CRISIS CONTINUES: The serious crisis in farming due to animal fodder shortages and lack of growth is casting a gloom over the locality as it is in farming circles throughout the country. The older people are comparing it in severity to the 1946-47 period. Not in living memory have cattle been housed for such a prolonged indoor season. The very large bales of hay imported from England have made their appearance in the locality over the past week. All are hoping and praying that a change in the weather will come shortly so as to avoid a major disaster in farming.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE : Daily masses will be at the usual times in the local church this week. Friday is the First Friday of the Month and confession will be available before and after evening mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 5.00pm up to mass time at 6.30pm.
Anniversary masses for Ann Scanlon, Stephen and Elizabeth Murphy were celebrated at the weekend. The anniversary mass for Bridie Quirke will be on Saturday evening next. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na marbh. Sunday, May 12th will be First Holy Communion Day in the parish.
COMHALTAS : The weekly music classes will not take place on Monday evening next due to the public holiday but will resume again on Monday, May 13. All entries have now been received from branch members for Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh and are being forwarded to Rúnaí Luimnigh.
The annual National Congress of Comhaltas takes place at Cultúrlann na hÉireann in Dublin at the weekend and our local craobh will be represented there.
Many of the young musicians will be taking part in Street Busking competitions in Abbeyfeale on Friday evening. The craobh will be providing an open air show of traditional entertainment in the Square, Abbeyfeale on Saturday evening next at 8.30pm as part of Fleadh by the Feale. Those taking part are asked to assemble at 7.50pm at the usual meeting place.
SUMMER MUSIC CAMP: The Comhaltas craobh will be running a Summer Camp at Halla Inse Bhán during the first week of July catering for those in the 8 – 14 age group who have at least one year’s experience of music at school or at other classes. Different levels will be catered for at the camp. A considerable number of young musicians have already indicated their interest in attending. An application form is now being distributed and all wishing the avail of this wonderful week of music and culture are asked to complete the application form and have it returned by Monday May 13. The cost of the Comhaltas music camp week is very reasonable. Enquiries to 069 84039 or 087 9654451.
BRÓN : News has arrived at the time of writing of the sad passing of Bill Forde of Meenoline North, husband of Peg and father of John, Willie, Pat, Denis, Margaret, Della, Ellen, Joan and the late Bridie, brother of Aeneas, Seán and Timmy. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síorraí dá anam.
Condolences to Geoffrey and Paddy Fitzgerald of Templeglantine West and other members of the Fitzgerald family on the recent death of their sister Joan Gethins of Ballisodare, Co Sligo. She was laid to rest in St. Nathy’s cemetery, Collooney on Tuesday April 16. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam.
COLLECTION: The Fianna Fáil national Collection took place at the church gate at weekend masses and the organisers wish to say míle buíochas to all who contributed
FLEADH BY THE FEALE: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale gets underway on this Thursday, May 2nd and continues to Monday evening. It has an attractive programme of entertainment to suit all ages including street busking, open air entertainment, indoor sessions, Oíche Cheoil agus Caint, Céilí with Striolán Céilí Band, music and singing workshops, bone playing competitions, storytelling session and a grand celebrity concert on Sunday night featuring the famed Kilfenora Céilí Band.
WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their well being and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Irene on 069 66298
RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222